David E Chiriboga MD, MPH
|Institution||University of Massachusetts Medical School|
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Worcester MA 01655
Dr. Chiriboga obtained his MD in medicine and surgery at Universidad Central del Ecuador Medical School and his postgraduate degrees in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and School of Public Health. He designed and implemented a comprehensive system to provide quality healthcare to the indigenous population of Zumbahua, in the highlands of the Ecuadorian Andes. The project included building a community hospital with financial support from Operazione Mato Grosso an Italian Catholic organization and the Ecuadorian Government and establishing a Health District with several satellite clinics. He worked for over a decade as a physician and as medical director of this hospital and its corresponding health district. He subsequently returned to UMMS as a faculty member in the Departments of Medicine, and Family and Community Medicine, where he had the opportunity to engage in academic activities and research, with over 30 scientific publications.
In 2008 he was invited to return to Ecuador as senior health policy advisor for the Ministry of Social Development Coordination and subsequently was asked to serve as Minister of Public Health of Ecuador (MOH). Upon accepting this position in 2010, he undertook a major re-structuring of the MOH and of the country’s healthcare system, with the long-term goal establishing effective universal healthcare. He developed several multi sectorial interventions in nutrition and reproductive health, and spearheaded the first national health and nutrition survey in the country, ENSANUT, which is now completed.
Dr. Chiriboga also served as President of the Council of Ministers of Health for the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). His role as President included support for the creation of the South American Institute for Health Governance (ISAGS) in Rio de Janeiro, the establishment of a 5-year regional plan towards universal health care in the region, and successful positioning and approval of key draft resolutions to the World Health Assembly regarding R&D for drugs to treat neglected diseases, as well as policies to support access to generic medicines. Representing Ecuador, he acted as Vice-president of the 63rd World Health Assembly and was also a member of the Executive Board of World Health Organization. He has lectured in several countries and including being keynote speaker for the European Union Conference in Global Health held in Brussels in 2010 and at the EuroSocial Condference in Mexico City for the Establishment of Health Equity Observatories in Latin American Countries in 2015.
His career has spanned from working in the field at the local level with underserved populations living in conditions of extreme poverty, to the national, regional and international arenas. It has also shifted from clinical and surgical work with individual patients to broader issues of public health, research and health policy as an instrument to bring about change by improving the delivery of healthcare services for populations and affecting the social determinants of health.
He is co-founder of Equity Movement, an international non-governmental organization devoted to multidisciplinary research, policy and advocacy in sustainable health and environmental equity, his primary interest. Other interests include human rights, international legal frameworks, translational research, the development, implementation and optimization of universal health care systems, and multi sectorial comprehensive preventive interventions.
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